Avennia Fall Release
Bottle Notes, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah

Avennia Fall Release Party: Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon

My wife and I received an invitation from Bob Silver of WA | Wine | PR to attend the Fall release  party for a newcomer to the Woodinville Warehouse District, Avennia Winery. Winemaker Chris Peterson was the first graduate of Walla Walla Community College’s Enology & Viticulture program, and spent the better part of the last decade making wine at…

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2002 Dehlinger Estate Syrah
Bottle Notes, Syrah

2002 Dehlinger Estate Syrah – Bottle Notes

Dehlinger is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by current owner/winemaker Tom Dehlinger. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ruby red in color. Rich, red fruits and white pepper on the nose. Bacon fat, grilled meats, tar, anise and cherries on the palate. The finish…

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2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape: My Recommendations

2010 is yet another great vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, falling on the heels of other highly acclaimed recent vintages including 2009, 2007 and 2005. Since I started cellaring wines of the Southern Rhone in the mid-90’s only the 2002 vintage has been a complete washout. Even the critically “panned” 2008 vintage has produced some delicious wines. The flavor profile of the…

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2003 Vieux Donjon CdP
Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2003 Vieux Donjon – Bottle Notes

Vieux Donjon was formed in 1966 by Marcel Michel. The current iteration came about in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José’s parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holdings were combined to form Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards, thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted…

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Buying Wine

Getting Started with Online Wine Auctions

So you’ve got a new affinity for Bordeaux and bought heavily of the classic vintages of 2009 and 2010. Now you just need to wait 10-20 years for the wines to mature before you open a bottle. So how do you go about finding bottles suitable for near-term consumption? One route to consider is online wine auctions. I’m not talking…

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2010 Force Majeure Viognier
Bottle Notes

2010 Force Majeure Viognier – Bottle Notes

Previously known as Grand Rêve, Force Majeure was founded in 2004 by Paul McBride and Ryan Johnson. Force Majeure pairs some of Washington’s highly acclaimed winemakers with fruit from one of the state’s highly acclaimed vineyards, Ciel du Cheval. Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery made this wine for Force Majeure. The wine is 100% Viognier: 67% Ciel du Cheval…

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